Metal Gate Frame Fabrication


Old 10-16-07, 03:58 PM
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Metal Gate Frame Fabrication

I'm in the process of getting a 6' high bamboo picture frame fence installed. The installer cautioned me to not make the gate openings larger then 5' each and I'm worried that would be to small an opening if I needed work to be done in the yard.

So I started to look at the Adjust-a-Gate kit from Hoover Fencing. The kit they sell expands to 8' , but is not designed to be used with a picture frame fence, since the rails are at the top and bottom and not offset. They suggested I have a custom built frame made and gave me a quote of $1093 shipped consisting of the following,

1 Frame
6 5/8" x 10" J-bolt male hinge
6 female strap hinge galv.
6 carriage bolt/hex nut
1 Commerical Strong Arm double Gate Latch

This would more then double the cost of the section we are talking about building, I'm thinking about reconsidering it.

Is this rate high, or is this what I should expect to pay locally from a welder?

The fence is over a section of the yard that isn't flat, but not terrible uneven at the same time. I had though about doing removable panels till I read what Lefty had said about weight of removing them. Am, I overly paranoid that 10' isn't going to be wide enough or is there another solution that I'm just missing here?

Thank you very much. This forum seems to be the only one out there that talks in enough details about fencing and has become my go-to place. Thanks to everyone's posts that have given me ideas.

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Old 10-17-07, 09:24 AM
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Image of the location

Here is the location where the gate will be, if that helps any.

Old 10-17-07, 05:10 PM
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If you want the gate wider than 5', use double gates. A single gate that is 5' wide is going to be pushing the limits of what the post can support and what the gate frame can be without having major sag problems.

A local welder can make metal frames that aren't going to sag. But be aware of the weight once you install the fencing and make sure that the posts can support it. I used all 1-7/8 chain link tubing for my gates. It's strong, and it's light. A bit tricky to weld, but a good welder can do it."
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